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Sigma150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount
 
4.4

(based on 184 reviews)

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    (105)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (124)
  • Strong construction (92)
  • Consistent output (83)
  • Durable (80)
  • Easily interchangeable (75)

Cons

  • Heavy (95)
  • Poor in low light (32)
  • Slow focus (15)
  • Lens creep (10)
  • Blurry focus (9)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (116)
  • Sports/action (78)
  • Landscape/scenery (60)
  • Wildlife (24)
  • Weddings (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (84), Semi-pro photographer (37), Casual photographer (16), Enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (106), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth every red cent!

After quite a bit of research into wildlife reaching lenses, I purchased this Sigma lens. It had been nearly thirty years since my last Sigma purchase, keeping now days to the Canon name...Read complete review

After quite a bit of research into wildlife reaching lenses, I purchased this Sigma lens. It had been nearly thirty years since my last Sigma purchase, keeping now days to the Canon name lenses. I have now had this Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO lens over six months, and I am still in love with its performance. Granted it is not the 500mm f/4 II prime Canon lens, but it is a fair substitute, and at one tenth the price. The images are sharp, with good bokeh, and acceptable focusing speed. My copy leans perhaps 15% warm in it's color rendition, yet seldom needs any chromatic aberration correction. I find it helpful, not unlike the Canon 100-400mm zoom, to aid this lens into the focusing "ballpark" , near focus verses far focus, to help quicken acquisition of the auto focus. This lens does not have a switch setting for this, so one must do this manually, but it will significantly decrease searching. Where as the Canon 500mm f/4L II weights in at a little over seven pounds, the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 weights only four and a fifth pounds; so at two-thirds the weight, I find the Sigma much easier to handhold for a short duration. I do increase my keepers significantly though with the use of a mono-pod, and can frequently push my exposure times down to the 1/160 to 1/125th second mark with the OS on. All in all, I consider this lens one of my best purchases in years. Now to study up on the new Sigma 300-800mm verses the Canon 800mm prime.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very nice lens, but not without issues

Pros: Very nice range and OS gets you 4 stops or so when it's working. Lens sharpens up nicely by f/8 on the long end. It is well-built and has EX-grade finish...Read complete review

Pros: Very nice range and OS gets you 4 stops or so when it's working. Lens sharpens up nicely by f/8 on the long end. It is well-built and has EX-grade finish (although not officially an EX lens). The ring HSM is not as responsive as my Sigma 100-300, but is largely adequate considering the focal range of the lens. It tracks large birds quite nicely and has a high keeper rate for such shots. It also has very nice minimum focusing distance which seems to provide 1:3 to 1:4 magnification at 500mm. It can give reasonable images with Sigma's 1.4x TC, but the 2x TC really isn't suitable (except in times of desperation, perhaps).

Cons: The OS seems to be unstable. Sometimes it activates and works as it's supposed to (within about 1 second), while other times it does not seem to engage or will engage then drop the OS. I will likely send mine in to have Sigma take a look at it. The focus is very nice in good lighting (but not excellent), but will hunt in poor lighting at the long end. The zoom lock is a bit finicky - you have to be exactly in the right spot for it to engage and it's not the minimum turn.

Overall: If Sigma can rectify the OS issue, then I would give this lens a 4 to 5-star rating. I am hopeful that they will be able to do so; otherwise I'm a bit disappointed in it. It's not what I expected compared to my other Sigma lenses (and I own 7 others).

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4.0

Great lens for the money

By john

from clovis ca

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Blurry Focus
  • Poor in Low Light
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

Wildlife

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5.0

Love this lens! Especially for the price

By Mike in Kennesaw

from Kennesaw, GA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    I am in love with this lens so far! Granted, there are no a lot of ideal targets for zoom pictures in Atlanta in January, but I have stll layed with t and I love it! Worth every cent I paid!!!

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    5.0

    150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO

    By bigE

    from Spring Hill

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    I can sum up the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS in one word. Buy it! Well maybe two words but this lens at its regular price is a best buy. At a $ dollar discount it is a fantastic buy.It is an older design but still viable.On my 1D Mk IV and 1Ds Mk III it has worked very well. It is very nearly the same as the new Tamron SP 150-600mm which I also own.Plus the Sigma comes with a nifty case where the Tamron does not.Auto focus is noticeably slower than my EF 300mm f4 L IS but it is workable. It seems to nail it virtually every time. Both this Sigma and the Tammy need plenty of light of give best results. So, do keep that in mind.The Siggy is not as heavy as the Tamron and is therefore fairly easy to hand hold. You are giving up 100mm on the long end so that may account for a slightly lighter lens.

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    5.0

    I like it

    By Carole in Montana

    from Billings, MT

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    I bought this lens for shooting wildlife photos. It has worked out very well.

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    5.0

    150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO

    By Dennis

    from Fort Myers, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    Have been using if for about a week now. Autofocus is slow but I knew that before buying so it wasn't a surprise. Using manual focus is easy enough handheld or on a tripod so that's not an issue for me. I've only used it for wildlife photography and it's been great.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Love this lens!

    By BAL

    from New Jersey

    About Me Casual Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Good in low light
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    I have been using the 150-500 Sigma lens to photograph wildlife -- monkeys, exotic birds, lizards, etc. It is great. The image stabilization is amazing and it works really well even with low light. Although it is a heavy lens I have been able to do most of my shooting without a monopod.

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    4.0

    For the price hard to beat

    By Kent

    from Brooklyn, CT

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Lens Creep
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    I am a Nature and sports photographer that has been looking for a good lens that would not break the bank. This lens allows me to go out for the long shot when I want to play around and get away from the normal 300 and in shots. The glass is clean with no noticeable vignetting. The auto focus could be a bit quieter and faster but I am used to shooting L series glass normally.

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    5.0

    Beyond Expectations !

    By Astron58

    from Ohio

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    This zoom Lense surprised even a die hard Canon F glass user. Made an EXCELLANT choice for wife's Christmas gift . She has trouble keeping it my tripod ,great price and EXCELLANT B& H staff help make her Christmas Merrier. She loves photographing birds and had 50 bird pictures of EXCELLANT quality her first day of use.

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    5.0

    Love it!

    By Jr

    from NJ

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    I love this lens! I use it for photographing birds. Pictures are clear and it focuses quickly. I use a tripod so weight isn't an issue for me.

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    5.0

    "Would buy it again"

    By Neill

    from Hanover, MD

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    I use this lens for wildlife and landscape photography. Gives me the ability to take sharper and close-up shots that can be cropped even closed with extremely fine details. Have taken on a 3 mile hike (which does get a little heavy) and have taken most photos without a tripod. Only con is the weight on long hikes. Recommend.

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    5.0

    GREAT Zoom dfor Canon.

    By ubimport

    from Miami, FL.

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    will be used in the communications department

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    3.0

    Did not meet expectations

    By Butch

    from Vail, CO

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not As Sharp As Others

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

      I used this lens for bird photography and had purchased it after selling my Canon 100 -400. The B&H return policy is excellent so I sent it back and purchased the new Canon 100 -400, which I will use with a teleconverter.

      The Sigma lens is relatively light weight, appears sturdy but I was disappointed with my bird shots - they just didn't POP!

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      4.0

      Great lens for the price

      By Brian

      from Colorado

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

      I got this lens just prior to taking a trip to Borneo. I first took it to the zoo as a warmup exercise and was really happy with the results. It is a big and heavy lens though, with cheap-ish casing and there is no getting around that. In comparison the Canon 100-400 f4-5.6 is much more compact, is lighter, and has a more rugged build. I would probably recommend that lens over this one for backpacking photographers. But its also twice as expensive. As far as photo quality output I was able to get just as good of shots, though the Canon might be a bit better in fading light conditions. It is also very comparable in quality to the Tamron 150-600 f5-6.3. Good focus, decent bokeh, no problems with chromatic aberration. Basically it is hard to complain about the photographic results of this lens for the price, assuming you use it as this sort of lens is meant to be used. If you're not sure about image quality then I'd check out samples on pixelpeeper online. That helped settle the issue for me.

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      5.0

      Signa 150-500 for sports

      By Toby

      from Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

      This is a very good lens for the price. I use it for daytime soccer. Too slow for nighttime sports and too long for most sports (even at 150mm)unless you only want small area (chest & head). Idea for soccer 90% of the time. Entire field can be covered.Lens is heavy and I always use a monopod.
      Have not used it for any landscape shots but expect it to be very good for stills. Didn't notice any flaws that couldn't be corrected by PP. may have some lengths that are not tack sharp but that has not become an issue.

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      5.0

      Great lens for airshows.

      By Leo the "Articulator"

      from Bonne Terre, MO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

        I use this lens for photographing aircraft at airshows.

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        5.0

        Great lens!

        By Karl

        from North Dakota

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

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            Best Uses

              Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

              Great lens! Image stabilization works great for handheld photos. Lens is heavy, but what do you expect with a telescope on the front of the camera? I managed to hold it for a few days getting pictures of R/C aircraft, wildlife, whatever else I felt like shooting. Works great for everything.

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              5.0

              Great Lens!

              By Sean Voiles

              from PA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

              Great lens for a tight budget.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Sigma 150-500 on Canon

              By Darrell

              from Dallas Tx

              Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

              Wow!!! What a great lens!! Much more than I expected in zoom and with the X2 magnifier it makes it 1000mm. Pictures are as clear as you could ask for.

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              5.0

              Moon

              By Trubach

              from San Diego, CA

              Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

              Very nice lense

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              5.0

              Very good lens.

              By Trubach

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                    I used this lens only for about 20 minutes, was shooting a moon.I like it so far.

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